The crown-of-thorns starfish genome as a guide for biocontrol of this coral reef pest

Hall, Michael R., Kocot, Kevin M., Baughman, Kenneth W., Fernandez-Valverde, Selene L., Gauthier, Marie E. A., Hatleberg, William L. ., Krishnan, Arunkumar, McDougall, Carmel, Motti, Cherie A., Shoguchi, Eiichi, Wang, Tianfang, Xiang, Xueyan, Zhao, Min, Bose, Utpal, Shinzato, Chuya, Hisata, Kanako, Fujie, Manabu, Kanda, Miyuki, Cummins, Scott F., Satoh, Noriyuki, Degnan, Sandie M. and Degnan, Bernard M. (2017) The crown-of-thorns starfish genome as a guide for biocontrol of this coral reef pest. Nature, 544 7649: 231-234. doi:10.1038/nature22033

Author Hall, Michael R.
Kocot, Kevin M.
Baughman, Kenneth W.
Fernandez-Valverde, Selene L.
Gauthier, Marie E. A.
Hatleberg, William L. .
Krishnan, Arunkumar
McDougall, Carmel
Motti, Cherie A.
Shoguchi, Eiichi
Wang, Tianfang
Xiang, Xueyan
Zhao, Min
Bose, Utpal
Shinzato, Chuya
Hisata, Kanako
Fujie, Manabu
Kanda, Miyuki
Cummins, Scott F.
Satoh, Noriyuki
Degnan, Sandie M.
Degnan, Bernard M.
Title The crown-of-thorns starfish genome as a guide for biocontrol of this coral reef pest
Journal name Nature   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1476-4687
Publication date 2017-04-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1038/nature22033
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 544
Issue 7649
Start page 231
End page 234
Total pages 4
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS, the Acanthaster planci species group) is a highly fecund predator of reef-building corals throughout the Indo-Pacific region. COTS population outbreaks cause substantial loss of coral cover, diminishing the integrity and resilience of reef ecosystems. Here we sequenced genomes of COTS from the Great Barrier Reef, Australia and Okinawa, Japan to identify gene products that underlie species-specific communication and could potentially be used in biocontrol strategies. We focused on water-borne chemical plumes released from aggregating COTS, which make the normally sedentary starfish become highly active. Peptide sequences detected in these plumes by mass spectrometry are encoded in the COTS genome and expressed in external tissues. The exoproteome released by aggregating COTS consists largely of signalling factors and hydrolytic enzymes, and includes an expanded and rapidly evolving set of starfish-specific ependymin-related proteins. These secreted proteins may be detected by members of a large family of olfactory-receptor-like G-protein-coupled receptors that are expressed externally, sometimes in a sex-specific manner. This study provides insights into COTS-specific communication that may guide the generation of peptide mimetics for use on reefs with COTS outbreaks.
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